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Special Teams in the NHL

by undertherobe on 24 Jan at 20:05

My first blog on OLBG looked at how important special teams is in the NHL. Over the last five seasons, 20 of the teams finishing in the Top 5 in Powerplay percentage have reached the playoffs whilst 20 of the teams finishing in the Top 5 in Penalty killing have also reached the playoffs. An impressive 80% strike rate and not surprising given that scoring goals (and stopping them) is the name of the game on the ice. In stark contrast, just six of the teams finishing in the Bottom 5 in Powerplay percentage have gone to the playoffs and of the teams finishing in the Bottom 5 in Penalty killing, again just six have gone on to extend their season. That’s a less than impressive 24% strike rate. Of course, things can change massively once a team gets into the postseason...

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